Column: New records law merits fresh look from employers

Last month, Gov. Mike Pence signed into law legislation that allows people arrested or convicted of certain crimes to have those records expunged. The new law, House Enrolled Act 1482, went into effect July 1 and provides a second chance to those convicted of certain nonviolent felony or misdemeanor charges in the state.

Under the new law, which is a revision of the “Second Chance Law” enacted by the 2012 legislative session, individuals who are convicted of misdemeanors or class D felonies can request to have their criminal records expunged (not just sealed) after five years (or eight years in the case of a class D felony). Such a petition requires the individual to:

  • Not have been charged with or committed other crimes

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